9// Niceties

The meeting request from the sales manager said that The Scientist was "cordially" invited to a work-related dinner later that week.  While most would consider it a pleasant thing to be invited to ANY dinner, he supposed, and while the restaurant the company was springing for was fairly upscale (or so he had heard - he … Continue reading 9// Niceties


And now, an unnecessary moment with the English language

In which the case is made for the use of more precision in communicating the imprecise.

Reconsidering the Dream Home

The other day my daughter drew a picture of what she thought my dream home would look like. It was essentially just a big house with lots of windows, a nice yard, etc.  How she came to the conclusion that this would be the home of my dreams, I don't know, but it was lovely. … Continue reading Reconsidering the Dream Home

The Pain of Speaking Punctuation

I love using voice-to-text on my phone, that feature which dictates what you say, as you say it.  Since you have to speak the punctuation as well (assuming you want to include it), it makes me especially thankful for grammar teachers who taught me to value punctuation. However, this form of language input, particularly when punctuation is included, … Continue reading The Pain of Speaking Punctuation

On Being Invited into a Secret Society

I've been intrigued lately by the salutatory phrase, "What's the good word?" as in: Me: "Hey {Person I Know}." {Person I Know}: "Hey Phil. What's the good word?" I hear this quite a bit, and I'm beginning to wonder if there is, in fact, a "good word".  That if I SAY the "good word" to … Continue reading On Being Invited into a Secret Society

On 7 Phrases We Must Stop Using. Now.

No one appointed me, nor do I aspire to be, a member of the grammar police - those folks do great work. However, I hear, and often use, the following phrases, words, etc quite often, and insist we must work together to make these phrases disappear from common use. Please help as you can.7. Watering Hole.As … Continue reading On 7 Phrases We Must Stop Using. Now.